Zululand Bush & Beach Family Adventure

From $4,990.00 p/person

For a family-friendly bush and beach vacation in South Africa, this 11-night Zululand adventure combines the thrill of a classic safari with the sun-drenched relaxation of a seaside getaway. 

The award-winning &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve sets the scene for thrilling day and night game drives, guided nature walks and interactive conservation activities – including the Phinda Pangolin Conservation Experience, an adventure that takes you into the hidden world of the world’s most trafficked mammal. 

Then to the coast for a regal stay at the iconic Oyster Box Hotel. With direct access to the beach and a host of fantastic family-friendly activities and attractions nearby – including the famous uShaka Marine World, the Oyster Box Hotel promises an unforgettable seaside vacation.  

You can look forward to luxurious accommodation, fantastic food, interactive wildlife experiences, interesting cultural interactions and more in one of South Africa’s most breathtaking regions. 

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Your Itinerary

4 nights in &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Your journey begins with a classic safari at the luxurious &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province. Enjoy early morning and late afternoon guided game drives seeking out the illustrious Big Five as well as thrilling sightings of the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a one-of-its-kind Pangolin conservation initiative and learn about Pangolins – the most poached mammal on the planet – during an interpretive and interactive experience with a specialist conservation team.

Another highlight at &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge is visiting a traditional Zulu community to about the Zulu culture and its fascinating customs, beliefs and traditions. You will be invited into a traditional homestead and given the rare opportunity to witness the daily routines and lifestyle of a rural Zulu family.

The lodge itself invites you to take it slow, to pause in wonder at the magnificent views, whether from the sparkling rim flow pool or the yoga deck.


Hearty family-friendly meals are served in the dining area that features an interactive kitchen and pizza oven, and under a star-studded sky.

&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge - Explorer Safari


&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

Perched on a dramatic hilltop overlooking the lush Lebombo foothills, &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge is a family-friendly, luxury safari destination that offers beautiful mountain-view suites, cottages and its one-of-kind family suite, with panoramic views, and access to a selection of unique safari adventures. 

&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge - Explorer Safari

7 nights in Umhlanga Rocks

Just north of Durban, one of South Africa’s most popular beach resorts, the magnificent Oyster Box Hotel and its iconic lighthouse welcome you to Umhlanga for the next leg of your family adventure.

Umhlanga and its surrounds feature golden-sand beaches, sugarcane fields and rolling hills. With great opportunities for diving, swimming, scuba diving, whale watching, dolphin viewing, deep sea fishing and kiteboarding, it is the perfect location for ocean enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. For golfers, Umhlanga’s excellent golf courses are a real treat. And for foodies, don’t miss the extraordinary dining experience at The Chef’s Table in The Kitchen at The Oyster Box.

With direct access to the beach, a private cinema for family movie nights, and a dedicated children’s Holiday Club, your family will love their stay at The Oyster Box in Umhlanga – and you’ll leave having made memories to last a lifetime.


The Oyster Box is famous for its 5-star dining. From the authentic Gueridon service of the legendary Grill Room to casual al-fresco dining at the Ocean Terrace restaurant; from High Tea at The Palm Court to the richly inviting Lighthouse Bar and stylish Oyster Bar, dining at The Oyster Box promises a menu and mood to suit every appetite.

Oysterbox Hotel, Durban - Explorer Safari


The Oyster Box

Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the historical Umhlanga lighthouse, The Oyster Box has long been one of South Africa’s best-loved and most distinguished hotels. The elegant rooms and suites are decorated with antiques, and feature private balconies. 

Oysterbox Hotel, Durban - Explorer Safari


Transfer from King Shaka International Airport to &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge
4 nights &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge on a full board basis (all meals, select drinks, safari activities). Please note that the Pangolin Conservation Tour need to be booked in advance and are an additional cost
Transfer from &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge to The Oyster Box
7 nights The Oyster Box on a bed & breakfast basis


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Our rates are per person sharing unless expressly identified. Please treat all pricing as a guide only: All rates are an estimation, subject to availability and may change without notice. Single supplements may apply. Enquire now or speak to one of our expert Travel Planners for updated rates.

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Explorer is the inbound division of Grosvenor Tours, part of Cullinan Holdings, a member of The Travel Corporation family of brands. 


We are the industry leaders in private, tailor-made luxury travel, leveraging over 60 years of experience in creating bespoke safaris in Africa. 


We’ve personally experienced each destination and luxury safari lodge to ensure we offer only top quality, exclusive & authentic African encounters.

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